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Bobotie South African comfort food

Bobotie is the national dish of South Africa. Pronounced ba-boor-tea, Bobotie is the national dish of South Africa. Bobotie is a South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Bobotie is a slightly sweet but savory dish. Bobotie is a very old South African dish with probable origins in Indonesia or Malaysia. The name derives from the Indonesian bobotok.

Pronounced ba-boor-tea, Bobotie is the national dish of South Africa.
 Pronounced ba-boor-tea, Bobotie is the national dish of South Africa.

Bobotie Ingredients and Directions

Ingredients:

3 slices day old white bread

1 1/2 cups whole milk

2 medium onions chopped

1 garlic clove minced

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup raisins

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp. salt

1 tsp curry powder

1/8 tsp black pepper

3 tbsp mango chutney

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

2 eggs

Directions:

Soak bread in milk. Squeeze milk from bread, reserving milk. Combine all ingredients, except milk and 1 egg. Press mixture into an 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Add enough milk to reserve milk to make 3/4 cup. Beat together milk and remaining egg. Pour over meat mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown and firm to the touch.


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